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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
21 Apr 2015

I was granted an exclusive visit to front line positions held by Peshmarga forces near Batnaya (25 km to the south of Mosul). ISIS fighters are a few hundred meters away and constantly try to infiltrate this frontline. Peshmerga forces are on constantly on the lookout for ISIS attacks. Only a week before my tour, ISIS suicide bombers advanced from Batnaya but were killed by Peshmerga fighters before they managed to blow themselves up. These fighters say that they were able to kill ISIS 25 militants during that attack. 

 

 

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Peshmerga and Turkoman Shiite Forces ...
Kirkuk
By mushtaq mohammed
21 Apr 2015

April 21, 2015
Kirkuk, Iraq

Video shows Kurdish Peshmerga forces alongside Shiite Turkoman fighters from the Popular Mobilization umbrella group clashing with ISIS militants in the town of Tel Ahmed, around 20 km south of Kirkuk. Smoke is seen rising following airstrikes carried out by US-led forces against positions held by ISIS.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Medium of fighters inside a vehicle
Wide of explosion resulting from airstrike
Various of fighters trying to advance
Various of fighters taking cover behind a Humvee in a field
L-R pan of smoke and fighters
Wide of military commander firing a sniper rifle
Wide/ zoom out of smoke
Various of smoke rising from ISIS-controlled positions
Moving shot of fighters and military vehicles
Wide of smoke resulting from airstrikes
Various of fighters taking cover by Humvee
Wide of medics assisting injured fighter
Various of smoke resulting from airstrikes against ISIS-held positions

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Man), Serhad Qader, Peshmerga Head of Operations in Kirkuk
01:55 – 02:50

“According to the plan made by the Peshmerga forces, we have liberated a vast area in the outskirts of al-Bashir, al-Azizia and Tal Ahmad, as well as the former train station. Our forces were mobilized at 8 o’clock and we liberated a significant area.
ISIS had an important position here, but many of their fighters have been killed or injured. They fled to al-Bashir and they are now in the range of the Peshmerga fighters’ fire. We achieved victory and congratulate everybody for the liberation of al-Azizia and Atshana. We congratulate everyone for this victory.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Ali al-Hussaini, Spokesperson of Turkoman Shiite fighters, part of Popular Mobilization forces
02:51 – 03:13

“Now, after we encircled [ISIS fighters], I can say that this area, from a military point of view, has been liberated. We are not in a hurry because we are at the entrance. We shall enter victoriously and liberate this area from ISIS.”

The Kurdish and Turkoman troops are backed by the US-led coalition who targeted ISIS positions with several airstrikes.

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Iraqi Special Forces Clash with ISIS ...
Ramadi
By mushtaq mohammed
19 Apr 2015

This video shows Iraqi special forces trying to secure positions in the battle against ISIS in the outskirts of Ramadi on Sunday, April 19th as ISIS fighters have allegedly seized control of three Iraqi towns in the region.

Translation (2:23 - 2:32): Iraqi fighter shouts words of defiance against ISIS; exact words are not audible.

No audio: 00:00 - 00:26
No audio: 01:11 - 01:23

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Even the dead cannot escape the bombi...
Yarmouk Camp
By Rame ALsayaed
17 Apr 2015

The bodies of killed Yarmouk Camp residents, which have been discovered under the rubble, had to be buried in a playground because the main cemetery was plowed by air bombing.
Syrian government forces bombed the camp with explosive barrels at the same time as heavy clashes pitted ISIS fighters against various Palestinian and Syrian militias.

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Intense Combat Footage from Inside th...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
16 Apr 2015

Tikrit, Iraq
April 1, 2014

Inside footage, recorded with a camera attached to a cameraman’s body, offers an intimate look at a battle between Iraqi forces and ISIS over control of the city of Tikrit. Dozens of fighters from the Federal Police Special Forces, the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias advance through an open field to the sounds of heavy gunshots and flying warplanes.

Combatants, shouting war cries in praise of Muslim Shiite saints, quickly run through marshes and between low hills before reaching heavily war damaged buildings. The fighters stop when some of them suspect a booby-trapped wire before eventually recommencing their advance.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that his forces had recaptured the strategic city of Tikrit on Tuesday March 30, 2015. The official Iraqiya television station published a headline quoting the PM's words: “Tikrit has fallen to us. However, local sources in Tikrit say that ISIS still controls many parts of the city and that heavy fighting is still going on.

NAT Sound
(Arabic) 01:21 – 01:36

“There is a wire in front of me. It is a wire that triggers an explosive device. Bashir! Be careful! There is an explosive device. Do not move.”

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Yezidis Demand Return of Loved Ones H...
Dohuk
By rsoufi
15 Apr 2015

Kurdish Yezidi refugees in the Sharya camp near Dohuk in Iraqi Kurdistan took part in protest against the continued detention of their community members by ISIS. The protest was part of a campaign launched by the Yezidi Lalesh Cultural Center and other organizations. These protests coincided with the Yezidi New Year, also known as "Holy Wednesday", which is celebrated on the first Wednesday of April. Thousands of colored balloons carrying written heart-felt messages were released during the sit-in. The refugees wrote “My wish is to celebrate the holiday with my mother,” and “Our holiday is your return” among other slogans.

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Iraqis Flee Ramadi as ISIS Advance to...
Anbar, Ramadi
By Arshed
15 Apr 2015

Photos shot on a mobile phone show hundreds of Iraqis stuck in traffic as they attempt to flee Ramadi and the surrounding villages. ISIS militants launched a large offensive on Wednesday 15, April, and were able to seize control over the villages of Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, which had been under government control. The locals fear that the advance could reach Ramadi giving ISIS control over the capital of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province. ISIS insurgents are now about 100Km from Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad air base, where hundreds of US and coalition forces have been training Iraqi troops.

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ISIS Bombing in Baghdad
Baghdad
By Stevennabil
14 Apr 2015

ISIS bombing which targeted Al Mashtal street in Baghdad on April 15, 2015.

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Funeral Procession for Commander of N...
Baghdad
By Ahmad Mousa
14 Apr 2015

April 14, 2015
Baghdad, Iraq

A large funeral procession took place in Baghdad for Zaid Jasim, a commander of the Nujaba Movement Shiite militia, who was killed in clashes with ISIS in Tikrit.

Video shows Zaid Jasim's coffin being carried on the back of a car at the front of the procession and crowds of mourners and many vehicles stopping the traffic on a busy road, playing military-style music and flying yellow Nujaba Movement flags.

The Nubaja Movement is one of the Shiite militias who make up al-Hashid al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) and are fighting against ISIS in the western and northern Iraqi provinces.

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Demonstration in Berlin to "Save" Yar...
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists gather before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Berlin to call for humanitarian intervention to support Palestinians and Syrians trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria, under the attack of the Islamic State and the Syrian regime, activists claim.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 01
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist demonstrates in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin to call for a humanitarian intervention to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 02
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists holding signs in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin to support a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 03
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists preparing signs to be hold at the demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 04
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 05
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists stand in line in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin holding signs to support a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 06
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in front of the UNHCR office in Berlin during a demostration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 08
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist places a sign in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 09
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign accusing the United Nations of inaction in relation to the sitiation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 10
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists standing in half circle during the demostration in support of a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 16
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Two activists hold signs to rise awareness of the current situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp next to the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 11
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in support of the Palestinians living in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 12
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign during a demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damscus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 13
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists stand in line near to the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin during a demonstration to call for a humanitarian support in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 14
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist writes a sentence on a sign during the demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp.

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Freed Yezidis Describe Their Detentio...
Kirkuk
By Adam Adam
08 Apr 2015

Kirkuk, Iraq
April 08 2015

More than 216 Yezidi Kurds held by ISIS were released on Wednesday, April 8 in the area of Nahrawan, some 25 km to the south of Kirkuk. Freed detainees were transported by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Video includes interviewees with released hostages who describe the situation during their captivity.

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Governor’s Palace in Tikrit Bears Sca...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
06 Apr 2015

Tikrit, Iraq
April 6, 2015

Video shows various shots of the vacant and embattled governor’s palace in northern Tikrit, which was recently retaken from ISIS by government forces. The flag of ISIS appears on its outer wall. The militant group is still in control of pockets of central Tikrit.

SHOTLIST

Wide of parking lot
Wide of wrecked building façade
Medium of ISIS painted on wall/ Zoom out of gate
Wide of Iraqi and Shiite militias flags above makeshift burial site
Wide of government fighters gathered nest to Iraqi flags
Various/ Traveling of road and government forces checkpoint

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 01
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field is seen from a Peshmerga position near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 02
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Empty casings of bullets shot by Peshmerga during clashes with ISIS.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 03
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Empty casings of bullets shot by Peshmerga during clashes with ISIS.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 04
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field and the ISIS-held town of Batnaya are seen from a Peshmerga position in Tel Keif near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 05
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

The village of Batnaya, which is held by ISIS, can be seen through a sniper's scope.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 06
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Brothers in arms, Karwan,Omar and Shirzad. Each of them has a different task; one is a sniper and one is a gunner who mans a new German weapon provided to the Peshmarga (left of photo). Shirzad's task us to look through the telescope to warn his two friends of any attackers.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 07
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field is seen from a Peshmerga position near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 08
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

The projector (left) is lit at night, while a Peshmerga fighter is on the lookout for ISIS who try to sneak frm behind the small green hill (center). The village of Batnaya, which is held by ISIS, can be seen at a distance.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 09
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field and the ISIS-held town of Batnaya are seen from a Peshmerga position in Tel Keif near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 10
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Pictured above are the remains of what has killed ISIS members who tried to infiltrate the front line coming from the surroundings of Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 11
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Pictured above are the remains of what has killed ISIS members who tried to infiltrate the front line coming from the surroundings of Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 12
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Captain Nasir, a Peshmarga commander, poses for a photo with his crew, who captured the hills and plains surrounding the towns of Telesquf and Baqufa from ISIS in September 2014. Now these fighters are waiting for the right moment to start an offensive on the city of Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 13
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Aso, a Peshmerga fighter, is on the look out on the last line of defense against ISIS.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 14
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

A machine gun is photographed in a Peshmerga position overlooking the ISIS-held town of Batnaya near Mosul.